India asks S Arabia to up oil supply
India’s petroleum and natural gas minister minister S Jaipal Reddy has sought an additional 5 million tonne of crude oil and 1.5 million tonne of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) from Saudi Arabia to reduce dependency on Iran. The request was made during his meetings with different countries at the 5th OPEC International Seminar in Vienna.
“The wide-ranging talks with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Qatar were aimed at enhancing mutual cooperation in the oil and gas sector. The talks focused on sourcing more crude, LNG, LPG and promoting investments in the hydrocarbon sector,” Reddy said in an official statement.
During 2011-12, the country imported around 32 million tonne crude from Saudi Arabia, the largest crude oil supplier to the country. Despite global pressure, India continues to import around 12 million tonne crude from Iran, the second largest crude supplier to the country. However, there is a realisation that Iranian imports would have to be brought down gradually.
As part of the strategy to explore new markets to meet its energy deficit, India is also looking at increasing crude imports from countries such as Algeria and Qatar. A wider cooperation is expected with these two countries that could provide India access to larger quantities of oil and gas.
Reddy said India had also expressed interest in investing in Algeria’s upcoming LNG sector. State-owned gas transportation firm GAIL
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